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Anna Laney KC

Call 1998 • KC 2024

"Excellent and very much my go-to for complex claims: incredibly detail orientated and gets to the nub of the issue quickly and effortlessly. Her cross-examination skills are quite formidable and her overall delivery impressive."
(Legal 500, 2022)

International Arbitration

Anna is instructed regularly in relation to substantial disputes, particularly in the Middle East. As regards international arbitration, she has experience of working under the ICC, IBA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and LCIA Arbitration Rules and ADCCAC Procedural Regulations.

With her extensive knowledge of the above mentioned Rules, together with her longstanding appointment as a Recorder, Anna is also ideally placed to accept appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting on behalf of a sub-contractor in respect of four separate sub-contracts each subject to different bespoke terms concerning earthworks and piling works in respect of a new metro line. Issues concerning operation of contractual terms, approach to valuation and pricing of the works and overarching issues of application of Qatar Law.
  • Acting on behalf of a sub-contractor in respect of MEP and Fit-Out Works in respect of works associated with a new metro line. Contract based on FIDIC Red-Book subject to bespoke amendments. Issues concerning operation of contractual terms, conduct of the Employer/Engineer regarding Clause 15.3 Determinations and associated disclosure issues and overarching issues of application of Qatar Law.
  • Acting on behalf of contractor in relation to a dispute arising out of the construction of a hotel in Abu Dhabi.  Issues concerning scope of contractual obligations under the FIDIC Red Book Rules, instruction of additional works, independence of the Engineer as regards his decisions, causes of delay and disruption and valuation issues.
  • Acting on behalf of contractor in relation to a new development in Dubai where the employer alleged that the piling works were defective, preventing the development from being undertaken.  Arguments concerning the adequacy of the pile construction and responsibility for project delay.
  • Acting as junior on behalf of the generator in a dispute arising out of the construction of a power and water plant in Bahrain. Multi-billion dollar claims advanced, including claims for a reduction in the tariff (both water and power), extensive remedial works claimed by the off taker (as opposed to the generator), together with significant counterclaims for unpaid capacity charges. Significant claims in relation to delay, including the impact of the Arab Spring as certain embassies advise their nationals to leave the country.
  • In respect of the same project, acting as lead counsel in respect of the claim “down the line” by the Generator against the Contractor, where the arguments need to be effectively reversed.
  • Acting as junior in a claim for the equivalent of £500M arising out of a construction project in Dubai, where defective design (undertaken by independent consultants) caused significant delay costs when key parts of the structure proved to be unbuildable.
  • Acting as Junior in relation to claim for US$50M arising out a construction project in Bulgaria. Claims relating to both allegedly defective works and significant delay / project cost overruns consequent upon unforeseen ground conditions.
  • Acting as junior in claim for US$20M against sub-contractor for wrongful determination of contract relating to construction of a sports complex in Beirut on behalf of UK based main contractor. Delay issues included the use of the site by the army as a gun emplacement.

Selected Cases

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“Anna Laney is the real deal: her ability to grasp the nuances of a technical issue and then to deliver in cross-examination is second to none. She is also a pleasure to work with.”… “She’s wonderful – very strong on her feet, tough to beat, she really gets into the cases, and clients and lawyers love working with her.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Anna is extremely talented. She is the most inclusive and team-focused barrister: her manner with everyone ranging from the client to the most junior member of the team, is excellent, and a skill that is vastly overlooked. To boot, her legal ability really is second to none: her advocacy, both complex in its approach, but succinct and to the point, really is her strength.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Highly experienced and knowledgeable. A formidable advocate and negotiator. Excellent at explaining to instructing solicitors and clients in a clear, accessible way.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Anna is an exceptional construction barrister. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Highly competent, capable, dependable and fantastic to work with. KC quality work and knowledge. Tougher than the rest.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Extremely thorough and knowledgeable, wholly committed to the case at hand. Very impressive delivery in court and personable when dealing with instructing solicitors and clients”

Legal 500, 2021

“Anna is an exceptional construction barrister. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial.”; “She is extremely knowledgeable regarding construction and insurance issues, and also great to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Anna always gives clear and authoritative advice on case strategy. She has a calm and friendly demeanour.”

Legal 500, 2021

“She is incredibly knowledgeable in construction disputes. I have been very impressed with both Anna’s technical knowledge and legal advice.”; “She is outstanding with clients and really puts them at their ease, giving a firm impression that she is on their side.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“A highly regarded junior.”

Legal 500, 2020

“In court she was superb: in control and very attentive to the judge’s requirements.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She’s a very effective advocate…Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

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